Introduction

Ever since my days as an engineering student at Penn Sate University, I have loved science. My favorite course was Thermodynamics and Fluid Flow. I recently decided to continue some of my scientific exploration in a course of Astronomy, Cosmology and the Bible at SCS where I teach. As I study, I would like to share some of my discoveries here for anyone interested in reading along and starting their own study of the universe. I welcome all your comments and questions. This series is important to me, because I talk to more and more young Christians who think science is in conflict with their faith. It is not. Good science does not undermine or destroy a biblical faith and if you follow along, I will try to prove that statement true.

Solar Nebula Model

The dominant approach to explaining the origins of our solar system from an evolutionary standpoint is the Solar Nebula Model. In this theory, the sun and planets formed from a swirling gas cloud 4.5 billion years ago. Swirling clouds, filled with particulate, eventually formed into asteroids around a young sun. This model, Naturalists believe, explains both the orbital direction of all the planets rotating along the same plane and their variant composition in relative distance to the sun.

The Solar Nebula Model finds its origins in the Kant-Laplace Nebular Hypothesis. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant first proposed the idea of a gaseous cloud filled with particles brought together by gravity and bonded through chemical adhesion. in 1755. The French mathematician Pierre-Simon Marquis de Laplace advanced Kant’s model in his book, The System of the World (1796), with additional ideas including his theory of how the sun’s gravitational forces shaped the planets.

A Different Worldview

We all do science from a worldview. Anyone who denies this, is simply not being honest about their approach to science. As a creationist, I do not share the same worldview as these naturalists who promote the Solar Nebula Model, and therefore, we have some fundamental disagreements on how to interpret the same scientific evidence. Creationists believe the universe was created for a purpose by the will of God who ordained the laws which govern its existence (see Genesis 1). Naturalists believe the universe is a result of random chance and chaos which produced order.

There are some limits to understanding the history of our universe by science alone. As a creationist, science is understood to be a tool for discovering the past, but not the sole authority and source for knowledge as promoted by the Naturalist.  As noted by Spike Psarris in his video series, “What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy, Volumes 1”, “It is impossible to use science to prove any  historical event happened. All we can do is see which scenario fits the evidence best.”

In the next series of posts, I want to look at the formation of some of our planets and expose, in very simple terms, some serious problems with this model based on the most recent discoveries about the bodies in our solar system.

The heavens declare...

A great place to start your own study of astronomy and cosmology is this series by Spike Psarris who was previously an engineer in the United States’ military space program. He entered that program as an atheist and an evolutionist. He left it as a creationist and a Christian. His website, and these 3 videos, help explose the bankruptcy of the evolutionary model, especially in astronomy.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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